Sunday, August 26, 2007

Web Design on a $hoestring

Author: Carrie Bickner
Published: 2003

Nice book on getting a website done well, quickly, and cheaply. This goes against on of my favorite sayings: The job can be done well, quick, cheap. Pick two.

It all depends on how much one charges, doesn't it? Having the tools and skills and organization can certainly get the job done well and fast.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan

Editor: Huw Hennessy
Published: 2000

Tourist guide on the Mayan areas of Central America. Picked it off the shelf at the library for a quick overview of ancient Mayan culture. Background research for a character in the next novel. Not sure whether to research more, as the list of to-do items is long.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Radio Freefall

Author: Matthew Jarpe
Published: 2007

Google failed me here. I seem to recall a quote from Asimov, something about how all great science fiction stories have a mystery at their heart. But, since I can't locate the quote, it could have been the Dalai Lama who said it for all I can remember.

This much I know. The first half of Radio Freefall, in my opinion, is all about solving the mystery of who done what. The rest is an accelerating roller coaster of conflict resolution. And it's all fun.

Hard science fiction fans should love this book. Cyberpunk fans should love this book. Heinlein fans (I hear) should love this book. With good reason. It's a well written book.

Monday, August 6, 2007

YOU: The Owner's Manual

Author: Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
Published: 2005

Final book for my summer reading challenge. Information about the body, inside and out, is presented very well with amusing cartoons, side bars, bullet points, and off-beat writing. It has a rather heavy emphasis on vitamin and mineral supplements. Seems like much of the dosage can be gotten through diet. Overall, very good book. I learned a lot.

Now for putting it all into practice.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Yoga Basics

Author: Mara Carrico
Published: 1997

This is book #2 for my three volume summer reading challenge. I've dabbled in yoga and like it, but can't seem to practice consistently. I keep reading books like these to be inspired.

This is well written, very much for the beginner. The pictures are okay. There are a few that show incorrect position which is always helpful for solo practice. The section on breathing is well done. Since this is a library book, I'll have to take some notes.